Vol. 20, No. 20; Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

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Girls basketball: The Lady Govs’ only scheduled game of the past week at Yankton last Friday was postponed due to the weather and travel conditions that day.

This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Friday, at Huron; Saturday, at Brookings invitational.
Boys basketball: Thursday, home vs. Huron; Saturday, home vs. Yankton; Tuesday, at Mitchell.
Girls basketball: Thursday, at Sioux Falls Roosevelt; Tuesday, home vs. Mitchell.
Gymnastics: Saturday, at Rapid City triangular.

Gymnastics: At the Rapid City invitational the Lady Govs finished second with a team score of 135.025. Dickinson, N.D., was first with Rapid City Stevens third. Pierre’s Mikah Moser placed third in the all-around standings at 36.675, and Meg Erwin was third at 33.425. Moser placed third on the bars, fourth in the vault, fifth in floor exercise and sixth on the beam.

Boys basketball: The Governors secured their second straight two-point win in overtime when Garrett Stout scored a game-winning layup to beat Sturgis, 55-53. Jack Maher blocked the Scoopers’ potential game-tying shot as the game ended. Earlier the Govs had led by 11 points in the third quarter, then Sturgis led by three in the final minute until Maher scored a three-pointer to tie the game and force O.T. Andrew Coverdale was high scorer with 18, Stout had 11 points and Chase Sattgast eight. On Saturday the Govs gave Harrisburg a good game, trailing by nine at halftime but rallying to within one point of the Tigers after three periods. Harrisburg prevailed, 64-57. Stout scored 23 points, Maher 11 and Grey Zabel 10. Pierre stands at 4-5.

Class “AA” boys basketball seed-points standings (top 16 teams qualify for the postseason Round of 16): (1) S.F. Lincoln 9-0, (2) Yankton 10-2, (3) S.F. O’Gorman 8-4, (4) Brandon Valley 7-2, (5) S.F. Roosevelt 6-4, (6) Harrisburg 6-4, (7) R.C. Stevens 8-5, (8) Huron 6-5, (9) Watertown 5-6, (10) Sturgis 8-3, (11) R.C. Central 6-7, (12) S.F. Washington 3-7, (13) Brookings 3-7, (14) Pierre 4-5, (15) Mitchell 0-10, (16) Aberdeen Central 1-6, (17) Douglas 1-8, (18) Spearfish 1-11.

Class “AA” girls basketball seed-points standings (top 16 teams qualify for the postseason Round of 16): (1) Harrisburg 10-1, (2) S.F O’Gorman 11-1, (3) Brandon Valley 8-2, (4) S.F. Washington 7-3, (5) Brookings 8-2, (6) Sturgis 9-2, (7) R.C. Stevens 9-3, (8) S.F. Lincoln 7-4, (9) R.C. Central 7-6, (10) Mitchell 5-5, (11) Aberdeen Central 3-5, (12) Yankton 5-6, (13) Douglas 4-5, (14) Huron 2-9, (15) Pierre 1-8, (16) S.F. Roosevelt 1-11, (17) Watertown 0-10, (18) Spearfish 1-10.

Wrestling: The Governors’ Friday home duals vs. Watertown and Brandon Valley were called off due to winter travel conditions. In the East-West classic Saturday the Governors won all three of their duals against the Black Hills teams, including a 28-25 thriller over #1-rated Rapid City Stevens. The Raiders won the first five weights, but Pierre won the last five weights, ending with Preston Taylor’s pin at heavyweight to decide it. The Govs also beat Sturgis, 35-28. Tyson Johnson, Jack Van Camp, Maguire Raske, Garrett Leesman, Gage Gehring and James Lees won their matches. Sturgis forfeited two weights where Pierre has strong wrestlers. In the other dual the Governors topped Rapid City Central, 47-18.


“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk;
If you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Thursday, at Potter County triangular; Saturday, at Wagner invitational.
Boys basketball: Thursday, home vs. Crow Creek; Saturday, at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; Tuesday, home vs. Todd County.
Girls basketball: Thursday, home vs. Crow Creek; Saturday, at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; Tuesday, home vs. Todd County.
Gymnastics: Friday, at Hot Springs invitational.

Girls basketball: The Lady Buffs lost to Sully Buttes, 60-18. Taylee Stroup with seven was high scorer for SCHS. Tuesday’s game against Gregory was postponed because of the poor driving conditions and has been rescheduled for next Thursday.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes lost at Sully Buttes, 66-48, although they played the Chargers evenly in the second half. Joey Fischer was high man with 27 points.


This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball: Thursday, home vs. Hitchcock-Tulare; Saturday, home vs. Warner; Tuesday, at Jones County.
Girls basketball: Thursday, home vs. Hitchcock-Tulare; Saturday, home vs. Warner; Tuesday, at Jones County.
Wrestling: Thursday, at Potter County triangular; Saturday, at Wagner invitational.

Girls basketball: The Charger girls won big over Stanley County, 60-18. Back from a severe knee bruise, Kendra Kleven scored 18. Angela Guthmiller contributed 13 points and Lauren Wittler nine. Monday’s game at Philip was postponed to Feb. 11 due to weather conditions in the west. SBHS stands at 7-4.

Wrestling: In a quadrangular at Mobridge, the Chargers lost to Linton, 36-6; lost to Faulkton, 42-6, and lost to Mobridge-Pollock, 36-6.

Boys basketball: The Chargers led at halftime, 36-18, and they kept that 18-point margin through the second half for a 66-48 win over Stanley County. Nick Wittler scored 21 and Jett Lamb for the 9-1 Chargers.


June 8: Frank Turner/Jasmin Fosheim.
June 8: Joseph Rezac/Brittanie Blaseg.
Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


South Dakota State swimming (Wyatt Rumrill, Ashley Theobald): The SDSU men defeated St. Cloud State in a dual meet, 175-125, while the SDSU women lost, 162-138. Wyatt won the 100-meter breast stroke event in :59.54, and he won the 200 breast in 2:11.86 while placing fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:06.59. He also swam on the winning 200 medley relay team whose time was 1:35.00. Ashley placed third in the 50 freestyle in :25.44 and seventh in the 200 individual medley in 2:16.91. She swam on two relay teams—the 200 medley team was second in 1:51.67 and the 400 freestyle team was fifth in 3:48.62. The SDSU men and women go to USD for a dual at 1 p.m. Saturday, but first the women compete in a dual at Omaha Friday.

South Dakota State track/field (Riley Sears, Rachel Propst, Addison Eisenbeisz): At the Jim Emmerich invitational at SDSU Saturday, Riley tied for eighth place in the high jump at 6’2 3/4″. Rachel placed 14th in the mile in 5:17.09. Addy placed third in the high jump at 5’6″, tying her for ninth-best all-time at SDSU. She also placed seventh in the triple jump at 36’4″. An alumni mile event was also run, and Rachel’s father Dan was one of the participants. SDSU competes Friday and Saturday at Minnesota’s Jack Johnson Classic.

South Dakota track/field: USD athletes won 11 events at SDSU’s Jim Emmerich invitational in Brookings. Among the highlights were the pole vault events—Chris Nilsen went 18’6 3/4″ to win the men’s pole vault, the best height anywhere in the NCAA this season, and Helen Falda won the women’s pole vault at 13’9 1/4″, the 12th best height in the nation this season. Zack Anderson won the high jump at 7’1″, and Eldon Warner won the mile in 4:12.25. The Coyotes go to the Jack Johnson Classic in Minneapolis Friday and Saturday.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erick Colman): At Chadron State’s meet Sunday, Erick placed eighth in the shot put at 41’8 3/4″ and eighth in the weight throw at 45’10 3/4″. The Hardrockers go to BHSU’s Dave Little meet Saturday.

Black Hills State track/field (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allan McDonnell): Kelsey placed 10th in the 3,000-meter run in 11:25.33 at Chadron State’s meet Sunday. Allan was third in the high jump at 6’6 3/4″ and fourth in the triple jump at 43’90 1/4″. The Yellowjackets host their own Dave Little meet Saturday.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): The Vikings won a dual over Minnesota State-Moorhead, 27-12. At his 141-pound match, Jebben tied it 3-3 midway through the second period, then earned a take-down before adding five more points plus riding time to score a 10-3 decision. That win tied the dual at 6-6, and Augustana won the next four weights to go up comfortably. Augie then defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 28-9, in another NSIC dual. Jebben scored a pin in 6:36 at 141 pounds, his seventh pin of the year. His record is now 14-10. Augie’s dual record is 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the NSIC. Next up is a dual against Upper Iowa at home at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Northern wrestling: The Wolves won a non-conference dual over St. John’s (Minn.), 22-15. The highlight was at 157 pounds where #10 Caden Moore won his match, 5-2. NSU led 16-15 into the final match where the Wolves’ 285-pounder, Harrison Townsend, scored a pin at 5:50 to win the dual. Northern wrestles at #1 St. Cloud State tonight, then goes on to Minnesota State-Mankato Friday.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): The Jackrabbits lost at Fresno State in a Sunday dual, 38-3. The only SDSU points were earned by Zach Carlson’s decision at 184 pounds. Aric at 141 pounds lost by pin in 4:44. The team learned what they probably already expected—that national champion Seth Gross, senior 133-pounder, would be lost for the season. He was to undergo season-ending back surgery this week. He hopes to receive a medical hardship waiver so that he can compete for SDSU next winter. The Jacks’ next action will be a home dual vs. Utah Valley next Thursday.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves defeated Augustana, 97-66, with five men in double figures, led by Ian Smith with 16 and Bo Fries 15. In an 84-81 loss to Wayne State, Smith had 39 points, hitting 14 of 23 field goals and nine of nine free throws. Now 14-4 overall and 10-2 in the NSIC, Northern goes to St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth this weekend.

Northern women’s basketball (Rachel Guthmiller): The Northern women lost to Augustana, 75-66, and lost to Wayne State, 60-56. Lexi Wadsworth was high scorer in both games with 19 against Augie and 11 against Wayne. Now 8-10 overall and 5-7 in the NSIC, NSU goes to St. Cloud State Friday and to Minnesota-Duluth Saturday.

Augustana men’s basketball: The Vikings were drubbed at Northern, 97-66, but won at MSU-Moorhead, 87-82. Matt Cartwright had 20 points at NSU and 23 points at Moorhead. Now 12-6 overall and 8-4 in the league, Augie is home Saturday vs. Concordia-St. Paul and Sunday vs. Minnesota State-Mankato.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): The Viking women won at Northern, 75-66, led by Vishe Rabb’s 19 points. In a 79-61 loss at MSU-Moorhead, Lynsey Prosser led Augie with 25. The Augie women are 17-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference. They stay home this weekend to play Concordia-St. Paul Saturday and Minnesota State-Mankato Sunday.

Incarnate Word women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Cardinal women lost to Central Arkansas, 74-43. Liz didn’t score but had a rebound in nine minutes. They lost to Stephen F. Austin, 66-56. Now 1-15 overall and 1-4 in their conference, UIW played Lamar last night and hosts New Orleans Saturday.

South Dakota Mines women’s basketball: The Mines women lost both RMAC games last weekend. In a 78-56 loss to Colorado Mines, Taylor Molstad and Sami Steffeck each scored 14. In a 57-45 loss to UC-Colorado Springs, those two each had 11. Now 5-10 overall and 2-9 in the league, Mines is home Friday vs. CSU-Pueblo and Saturday vs. New Mexico Highlands.

South Dakota Mines men’s basketball: The Hardrockers lost to Colorado Mines, 93-71, as Allec Williams sored 18. They lost a tough one at UC-Colorado Springs, 79-78, on a free throw with 30 seconds left. A Mines shot at the buzzer missed. Logan Elers had 21 points and seven rebounds. Now 7-12 overall and 4-7 in the RMAC, Mines hosts CSU-Pueblo and New Mexico Highlands this weekend.

Black Hills State men’s basketball: BHSU lost to UC-Colorado Springs, 73-72, on a last-second free throw after Fraser Malcolm’s three-point basket had tied the game with 10 seconds left. Malcolm had 26 points and Tyler Oliver 18. BHSU then lost at Colorado Mines, 78-67, led by Malcolm with 19. The Yellowjackets are home this weekend vs. New Mexico Highlands and CSU-Pueblo.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): The BHSU women won on the road at UC-Colorado Springs, 62-58. Racquel was 2-of-7 (0-of-3 in threes) and 8-of-8 for a team-high 12 points with two rebounds, a steal and an assist. In a 67-55 loss at Colorado Mines, Racquel was 1-of-9 (1-of-6 in threes) and 2-of-4 for five points with two rebounds, an assist and a pair of steals. BHSU is now 10-5 overall and 6-5 in the RMAC, awaiting New Mexico Highlands and CSU-Pueblo this weekend.

Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball: It was a tough week for the nation’s top-ranked DWU women. The Tigers lost to Northwestern, 69-54, as Rylie Osthus had 12 points. In a 79-76 loss to Hastings, Kynedi Cheeseman had 21. Now 19-3 overall and 12-3 in the GPAC, DWU hosted Briar Cliff last night and goes to Morningside Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball: The Tigers lost an 80-77 overtime game to Northwestern as Ty Hoglund scored 27 and Nick Harden 20. In a 79-60 win over Hastings Harden scored 28. On Monday DWU went to Kyle and defeated Oglala Lakota College, 103-60. Now 16-6 overall and 8-5 in the GPAC, DWU hosted Briar Cliff last night and goes to Morningside Saturday.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: In their only game last week the Jackrabbits outfought UND, 78-74, with a 41-30 rebounding edge. Mike Daum had 34 points and 21 rebounds while David Jenkins scored 20. Now 15-6 overall and 5-1 in the Summit, SDSU hosts NDSU tonight and Omaha Saturday.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): The SDSU women defeated UND, 66-48, led by Macy Miller’s 24 points. Sydney was 0-for-2 and 3-of-4 for three points with seven rebounds. Now 13-6 overall and 5-1 in the Summit, SDSU hosted NDSU last night and is home vs. Omaha Saturday.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The USD women won at Oral Roberts, 76-72, after being down by 10 points with 9:24 left. Allison Arens was high scorer with 26 poiints, and Ciara had 25. Chloe was 2-of-8 (1-of-5 in threes) and 2-of-3 for seven points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. USD sank 18 of 22 free-throw tries. The second game on the road was also a win as USD won big at Omaha, 80-49. Five were in double figures, including Ciara, who was 6-of-12 (2-of-4 in threes) and 3-of-4 for 17 points with three rebounds, six assists and a steal. Chloe was 3-of-6 (1-of-2 in threes) for seven points with one rebound and one assist. USD stays on the road for a game at UND tonight (Thursday), then is home vs. Western Illinois at 1 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network. The USD women are now 17-3 overall and 5-1 in the Summit League.

Summit League women’s basketball standings (not counting Wednesday night’s SDSU-NDSU and PFW-WIU games): USD 5-1, SDSU 5-1, Denver 5-2, Western Illinois 4-3, NDSU 3-3, Oral Roberts 3-4, UND 3-4, Omaha 1-5, Purdue-Fort Wayne 0-6.

South Dakota men’s basketball: The Coyotes lost twice on the road this week. In a 77-74 loss at Oral Roberts, Stanley Umude scored 21 and Tyler Peterson had 20 points with 12 rebounds. Head coach Todd Lee was ejected late in the first half. USD lost at Omaha, 75-68, as Umude scored 20 and Triston Simpson 17. Now 8-11 overall and 2-4 in the Summit, USD played at UND last night, will be home Saturday vs. Western Illinois and goes to Purdue-Fort Wayne next Wednesday.

Summit League men’s basketball standings (not counting Wednesday night’s USD-UND game): SDSU 5-1, Omaha 5-1, Purdue-Fort Wayne 4-2, Oral Roberts 4-3, NDSU 3-3, USD 2-4, UND 2-5, Western Illinois 2-5, Denver 2-5.

Dakota State women’s basketball: The Lady Ts lost to Waldorf, 87-83, and beat Viterbo, 80-68. Alexis Evans with 20 was high vs. Waldorf, and Jessi Giles had 23 in the other game. Now 3-17 overall and 2-of-5 in the NSAA, DSU goes to Viterbo and Waldorf this weekend.

Dakota State men’s basketball: The Trojans defeated Waldorf, 86-64, as Carson Rentz scored 23 and Justin Folkers 22. DSU lost to Viterbo, 75-65, as Brady Van Holland was high man with 23. Now 8-15 overall and 3-4 in the NSAA, DSU goes to Viterbo Friday and to Waldorf Saturday.

Mount Marty women’s basketball: The Lancers defeated Dordt, 81-66, led by Karlee McKinney’s 20 points. MMC lost to Midland, 68-63, as Sammy Kasowski scored 22. Now 11-10 overall and 5-10 in the GPAC, MMC hosted Jamestown last ninght and goes to St. Mary Saturday.

Mount Marty men’s basketball: The Lancer men lost to Dordt, 95-64, despite 24 from Jailen Billings and 21 from Colby Johnson. In a 100-84 loss to Midland Billings had 32 and Johnson 22. Now 6-17 overall and 2-12 in the GPAC, Mount Marty hosted Jamestown last night and goes to Briar Cliff next Wednesday.

University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball: The Cougars defeated Mary, 77-72, and lost to Minot State, 75-70. Trevon Evans had 26 in the win and 32 in the loss. Now 13-5 overall and 8-4 in the NSIC, USF goes to Upper Iowa and Winona State this weekend.

University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball: USF lost to Mary, 70-63, and beat Minot State, 59-54. Kaely Hummel had 19 points in the loss and 18 in the win. Now 12-6 overall and 7-5 in the NSIC, USF goes to Upper Iowa Friday and Winona State Saturday.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols’ losing streak has now reached five. The latest losses were to Alabama, 86-65, and to Arkansas, 80-79. After a game at Vanderbilt last night, the Lady Vols will be home vs. West Virginia Saturday and at South Carolina Tuesday.

North Dakota men’s hockey: The Fighting Hawks split a pair at Omaha by 4-3 scores. UND hosts St. Cloud State Friday and Saturday nights.


“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Thursday, Jan. 24:
Mary Thorson, Lynnsey Briese, Jeff Holcomb, Nancy Grunewaldt, Pam Brandner, Jackie Yackley, Andrew Powers.

Friday, Jan. 25:
Tawna (Williams) Millington, Audrey Perli, Reed Ludwig, Aidan Dozark, Mary Joyce Rounds, Jonathan Kreycik, Stephen Nielson, Nate Neufeld, Stephanie Bowers, Shawna Erickson, Seth Hipple, Irene LaFurge, Luke LeBeau.

Saturday, Jan. 26:
Ruth Rehn, Sandi (Ahrendt) Beckman, Solomon Erlandson, Diana Tibbs, Dustin Ortbahn, Logan Bouchie. We fondly remember Luke Melius on the ninth anniversary of the day he passed away.

Sunday, Jan. 27:
Karen Wyly, Shana (Holsteen) Read, Maxwell Fergen, Josh Schwartzkopf, Matt Jensen, Rory (Groseclose) Mennenger, Karen (Fossen) Cudmore, Megan (Linn) Bertsch, Aiden Javurek-Humig, Matt Kelley, Peggy (Huebner) Urquhart, Andy Woster, Tanya (Hoagland) Hardiman, Dean Nelson.

Monday, Jan. 28:
Kathy (Dalton) Smith, Katie Schultz, Josh Dehne, Zachary Deal, John Culberson, Cindy Jaeger.

Tuesday, Jan. 29:
Ramona Lomheim, Jim Ulmen, Alex Beckwith, Tyson Nafus, Chuck Bartlett, Howard Grinager.

Wednesday, Jan. 30:
Michele Hoscheid, Rebecca Gruba, Cory Holmes, Kelly Neiles-Brindza, Laura Hofer, Julie Osnes, Randy Pool, Isaac Stoeser, Weston Williams.

Thursday, Jan. 31:
Wendy Ramler, William Tousley, Don Hoepfer, Darin Newcomb, Elsie Vogel, Tracy Berg, Blake Freidel, Jane Stewart, Kevin Stiles, Jeff Pierce, Levi Reiprich, Tony Bevers.


Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): The Wild dominated Yellowstone, 9-2 and 6-1. Coleman had one goal and two assists in the Friday game and one more assist Saturday. Gillette is home Friday and Saturday vs. Butte.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd beat Fargo, 3-2, lost in overtime to Fargo, 4-3, and won over Fargo, 7-4, taking five of the possible six points in the three-game series. Sioux Falls goes to Cedar Rapids Friday and on to Madison Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: In a three-game home series vs. Florida, the Rush lost, 4-0; won, 3-2, and lost, 5-1. Now the team goes away for two weeks while the stock show takes over its home ice arena. Rapid City plays at Kalamazoo Friday, at Toledo Saturday and Sunday and at Kansas City Tuesday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Anaheim, 3-0; defeated Columbus, 2-1, and beat Las Vegas, 4-2. Minnesota played Colorado last night and now is off for a week during the NHL all-star break.

Oahe Lady Capitals: The girls varsity lost to Mitchell, 12-4. Kaitlyn Swenson scored twice and Amy Gilkerson and Ashton Lee once each. Abigail Stewart-Fromm stopped 28 shots on goal. The girls then lost to Brookings, 9-2. Gilkerson’s first goal gave Oahe a 1-0 lead, but the second one didn’t come until after Brookings had scored eight times. Stewart-Fromm made 25 saves. The girls are home Friday at 6 p.m. vs. Watertown.

SDAHA girls varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): Aberdeen 12-0-0-0 24, Sioux Falls 10-2-0-0 20, Brookings 9-4-0-0 18, Mitchell 6-4-0-0 12, Sioux Center 6-4-0-0 12, Watertown 2-6-0-1 5, Huron 2-9-1-0 5, Oahe 2-9-0-0 4, Rushmore 0-10-1-0 1.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity had a winning weekend and moved into a first-place tie with Sioux Falls and Rushmore with 18 points apiece. The Caps beat Mitchell, 3-1, as Spencer Wedin scored first on a short-handed goal and later on a power play. Talon Griese had the third goal. Tate Mueller made 12 saves. The Capitals then shut out Brookings, 4-0, as Caden Davis and Wedin each scored twice and Mueller made 20 saves. The Caps’ next league games are Feb. 2-3 at home vs. Sioux Falls and Mitchell, respectively.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): Sioux Falls 9-0-0-0 18, Oahe 9-1-0-0 18, Rushmore 9-4-0-0 18, Huron 6-6-0-0 12, Sioux Center 5-5-0-0 10, Brookings 5-6-0-0 10, Watertown 3-5-0-1 7, Mitchell 3-6-0-0 6, Aberdeen 2-6-0-1 5, Yankton 0-10-0-0 0.


“We’ve learned to fly the air like birds. We’ve learned to swim the seas like fish. And yet we haven’t learned to walk the earth like brothers and sisters.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


In last week’s contest where we had just the two NFL championship games, we gave 10 points for both games correct—Mikal Kern, Jeff Adel, Jason Noyes—and six points for one of the two games correct—Eric James, Beth Rinehart, Jon Boer, Laurie Johnson, David Ludwig, Jared Martin, David Thoreson, Seb Axtman, Debra Bollinger.

Contest #24:
(Send your entry to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday, Feb. 2)
(1) Super Bowl winner—New England or Los Angeles Rams?
(2) Winning team’s total points?
(3) Losing team’s total points?

Here is how we will score it:
Get the winning team correct—8 points.
Also get one of the team’s total points correct within 6 points—9 points.
Also get both team’s points correct, each within 6 points—10 points.


Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Thursday, 7 p.m., men’s basketball, NDSU-SDSU.
Saturday, 1 p.m., women’s basketball, USD-Western Illinois.
Saturday, 2 p.m., women’s basketball, SDSU-Omaha (MSN2).
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., men’s basketball, USD-Western Illinois.
Saturday, 4:15 p.m., men’s basketball, SDSU-Omaha (MSN2).
Saturday, 7 p.m., men’s hockey, UND-St. Cloud State.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m., women’s basketball, Augustana-Minnesota State.
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., men’s basketball, Augustana-Minnesota State.
Wednesday, 6 p.m., women’s basketball, NDSU-Waldorf.

Minnesota Timberwolves: After a 116-113 loss to San Antonio, the Wolves beat Phoenix twice, 116-114 and 118-91. Minnesota goes to the Lakers Thursday, to Utah Friday and back home Sunday against Utah.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force beat Iowa, 133-122, and won over Santa Cruz, 103-90. In between, a game with Windy City was postponed because of adverse travel conditions. Sioux Falls plays at Delaware Friday, at Westchester Saturday and at home Monday vs. Rio Grande.


There are at least six people in the world who look exactly like you. There is a 9% chance that you will meet one of them in your lifetime.


Pierre Trappers: Returning to the Trappers for his second season will be sophomore infielder Cole Johnson from Holmes Community College in Mississippi. His hometown is Denham Springs, La. A newcomer to the team will be redshirt-freshman pitcher Kyle Nordby of Minnesota State-Mankato from Circle Pines, Minn. Also spending his summer in Pierre will be Colin Smith, a junior left-handed pitcher from Aquinas college. His hometown is Kingstown, Mich. Yet another first-timer in Pierre will be freshman right-handed pitcher Collin Denk from Minnesota State-Mankato and Lakeville, Minn.


1 day: Riggs High one-act plays (Jan. 25, 28).
3 days: “Rent” live, Fox TV (Jan. 27).
7 days: State one-act play festival, Aberdeen (Jan. 31-Feb. 2).
9 days: St. Joseph Elementary School carnival (Feb. 2).
10 days: Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta (Feb. 3).
13 days: Riggs High musicians at small-group contest, Kimball (Feb. 6).
15 days: State gymnastics meet, Brookings (Feb. 8-9).
17 days: Grammy awards, CBS-TV (Feb. 10).
19 days: Governor’s Awards in the Arts (Feb. 12).
26 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical (Feb. 19-21).
27 days: Riggs High musicians at small-group contest, Chamberlain (Feb. 20).
27 days: Summit League swimming championships, Sioux Falls (Feb. 20-23).
29 days: Pierre Players’ “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” (Feb. 22-24, 28-March 2).
29 days: Summit League indoor track/field championships, Brookings (Feb. 22-23).
29 days: State wrestling tournaments, Rapid City (Feb. 22-23).
30 days: Minnesota Twins spring exhibition season opener (Feb. 23).
31 days: Oscars, ABC-TV (Feb. 24).
35 days: Riggs High talent show (Feb. 28).
37 days: Minnesota Loons MLS season opener (March 2).
42 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/chorus concert and art show (March 7).
42 days: State “B” girls basketball tournament, Huron (March 7-9).
46 days: NAIA Division II men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-17).
47 days: Riggs High choral festival (March 12).


Gargoyle (n.) — gross olive-flavored mouthwash.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The 2019 tour season began in Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric tournament, which was won by Tom Lehman. Tom Byrum did not play there. The next Champions Tour stop is at Boca Raton, Fla., at the Oasis Championship Feb. 8-10.


  • You probably already know this, but bread is actually a danger to ducks and other water birds, a fact which affects hundreds of people in the Pierre area where, as we all know, such feeding is a part of life at Capitol Lake. A post that was making the rounds on Facebook last week said feeding bread causes angel wing, which can make feathers grow too quickly, straining muscles and stopping the birds from flying. Meanwhile, bread rots and pollutes the water, allowing bacteria to grow and encouraging rats. What this post suggests is that, instead of bread, we feed the ducks peas, lettuce and sweetcorn.
  • If awards shows are your thing, there’s another one this Sunday. The Screen Actors Guild awards for movies and television will be on TNT at 7 p.m. Then come the Grammys on CBS the following Sunday and the Oscars at the end of February.
  • If soccer is your sport, watch for the U.S.-Panama men’s friendly on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Sunday. Also in the sports world, the next Winter Olympics are still three years away in Beijing in 2022, but figure skating attracts a lot of you to television. The U.S. championships will be on TV today at 4 and 8 p.m. on NBCSN, Friday night on NBC, Saturday on NBCSN and Sunday on NBC.
  • Baseball is in the air as the Trappers continue to add players to their 2019 roster and Post 8 continues its series of pancake-and-sausage breakfasts (this Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Legion cabin). So how about college baseball? The schools in the South will begin play in less than a month. The preseason rankings have this Top 10: 1, Vanderbilt; 2, LSU; 3, UCLA; 4, Florida; 5, North Carolina; 6, Florida State; 7, Stanford; 8, Texas Tech; 9, Mississippi State; 10, defending champion Oregon State. Go, Beavers!
  • You Pierre Methodists know the Rev. Lin Jennewein, who has preached in Pierre many times. Last Thursday as I was emceeing a nursing-home performance by our senior-center chorus, I mentioned that the three-story atrium where we were singing reminded me of the rotunda of the Capitol in Pierre as the music soared upward and echoed around the building. That comment by me prompted Lin to come up to me afterward. She serves as a chaplain at that assisted living facility and is still preaching at area churches where needed.
  • Here’s a trivia question with which to impress your friends as we await Super Bowl LIII a week from Sunday: Can you name any of the six quarterbacks who were drafted before Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL draft? Brady was the 199th overall pick by the Patriots. That turned out pretty well for them. So who were the six QBs who went first? Think about it, then find the answer at the bottom of this Update.
  • I loved the excited comment of the Patriots radio network’s color analyst as the game ended Sunday night. “It’s America’s worst nightmare! The Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl!” he yelled incoherently.
  • In the summer of 1966 after my first year of teaching at Blunt High School, my colleague, Dick Vosberg, and I commuted daily to summer school classes at Huron College. We were driving home one afternoon when over the radio came the announcement that the NFL would, at the end of the 1966 season, institute an NFC-AFC championship game. (They didn’t call it “Super Bowl” until a couple years later.) So, yes, friends, I’ve been around for all of them, and #53 comes at the end of next week. For many years the Super Bowl game was a bore—one-sided more often than not. Those who prefer a close game should be happy the Patriots are there again. Look at the scores of the Super Bowls in which the Patriots have played: — after the 2001 season, won by 3 points (St. Louis); 2003, won by 3 (Carolina); 2004, won by 3 (Philadelphia); 2007, lost by 3 (Giants); 2011, lost by four (Giants); 2014, won by 4 (Seattle); 2016, won by 6 in O.T. (Atlanta); 2017, lost by 8 (Philadelphia). If there were any six-year-olds who watched the Super Bowl in January 2002 when Brady was the backup quarterback to the injured Drew Bledsoe, those kids are now 23, and some of them have kids of their own. Brady is still quarterbacking in a Super Bowl, like it or not.
  • In the nine Super Bowls since 2001 for which the Patriots did not qualify, who were the teams who represented the AFC? Oakland once, Pittsburgh three times, Indianapolis twice, Baltimore once and Denver twice.


“Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land. There is no other life but this.”

— Henry David Thoreau


Named by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association as Athletes of the Week last week were Elise Carda of the gymnastics team and Maguire Raske of the wrestling team.

Governor Noem selected Pierre attorney Katie Hruska as her office’s deputy general counsel. A graduate of the USD law school, she previously worked as a law clerk in the Sixth Judicial Circuit before joining the May Adam Gerdes & Thompson law firm in Pierre as an attorney.

Mass of Christian Burial for Emma Lamb, 84, Onida, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Onida. She died Jan. 18 at Avera Maryhouse. Emma was the widow of the late John “Shorty” Lamb.

A brunch fund-raiser will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at First Congregational United Church of Christ. The proceeds from the freewill-offering brunch will go to George and Rosanne Summerside to help them offset their unexpected and burdensome travel costs to and from Mayo Clinic.

The fall semester Dean’s List at Augustana University includes these area students: Layne Hohn, Arden Koenecke, Jonathon Liudahl, Nolan Ortbahn, Peter Sanchez, Riggs Sanchez, Gabrielle Vizcarra.

Dustin and Reagan (Schanzenbach) Byrum and their two boys from Sioux Falls; Dustin’s dad, Greg Byrum, and Dustin’s mother, June Classen, spent the Christmas holiday in San Antonio visiting Dustin’s sister, Crystal Frost, and her husband Danny and their two children.

The first play in Black Hills Community Theatre’s new reading series, “Angels in America” by Tony Kushner, will be read Friday evening, Feb. 15, at BHCT’s Studio Theatre. One of the nine cast members reading the play will be Jason Knox.

Services for Mildred Espeland of Beresford were held at Zion United Methodist Church there Sunday. She passed away at the age of 92 under hospice care at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls on Jan. 14. She is survived by two daughters, JoAnn Leonard and her husband Leonard of Pierre and Gloria Espeland of Sioux Falls; fouir grandchildren, Todd Espeland, Brett Oakland, Brian Oakland and Amy Beeghly; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers; and special people in her life, Bobbi Espeland Mike Oakland.

Andy Smith is moving to Janesville, Wis., for five or six months to work on the completion of a combined-cycle power plant that is under construction there. Andy works for AECOM, a multi-national engineering firm based in Denver.

Kathy (Walker) Blackburn of Dripping Springs, Texas, who grew up in Blunt and went to high school there, lost her husband this week. Her husband of 50 years, Charlie Blackburn, died earlier this week.

Jim Shrader, who at one time was stationed in Pierre with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, died at the age of 87 Jan. 16 at Spearfish Regional Hospital. Services were held Tuesday at the Spearfish United Church of Christ. He became a trooper with the SDHP in 1967. He and his family were stationed over the next several years in Philip, Pierre, Spearfish and Buffalo. When he retired from the SDHP, he worked as a full-time bus driver for Jackrabbit Lines of Sioux Falls. Later he drove part-time for Dakota Bus of Spearfish. Among his survivors are his wife Barbara; a son, Robert Shrader of Spearfish; two brothers and a grandson.

The drama department at Riggs High will present one-act plays at 7 p.m. Friday and Monday. There will be three student-directed 10-minute plays and one 45-minute play, which is the entry Pierre will send to the state one-act play festival at the end of next week.

Stanley County High students who earned outstanding actor awards at the regional competition in Pierre on Monday were Trevor Waldron, Shantay Waldron, Abby Wyly, Daysen Titze and Kade VanDusseldorp.

Riggs High wrestling head coach Shawn Lewis has been named South Dakota’s finalist for national wrestling coach of the year. Each state has a finalist in each sport. The national coaches of the year will be announced at a June 26 banquet in Bismarck during the National High School Athletic Coaches Association convention.

Former Pierre resident Les Traut, who lives now in Rapid City, has had health issues in the past few months. Now he is also battling bladder cancer. Les has been hospitalized in Rapid City and in Minnesota over the past few months. He was home briefly last week, and at the beginning of this week he was back at Rapid CIty Regional. There is a CaringBridge site where friends can follow Les’ progress.

In their Christmas letter Larry and Mary Jo Johnson revealed they drove on Christmas Day to Davenport, Iowa, to visit their son Chris, who works as an arborist there. Their other son, Tom, drove down from Minneapolis to join them. Tom finished his master’s in guitar pedagogy and is teaching guitar at a private studio and a high school. He became engaged to his girlfriend, Parker, on New Year’s Day. The Johnson’s continue deeply involved in music performances and activities in Pierre. During 2018 they made a pair of trips to Colorado, once for a concert at Red Rocks and once for the Drums Along the Rockies drum and bugle corps competition. They also attended a Johnson family reunion at Larry’s brother John’s home in Nebraska.

Susan (Schoenfelder) Bennett, 57, died at home Jan. 18. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. After earning a music degree from USD, Susan taught at Philip, Highmore and Kadoka. She married Merlin Bennett in 1992, and they lived in Spearfish, Vermillion and Woodridge, Ill., before moving to Pierre in 1999. Susan worked at Jefferson Elementary School in the prolonged assistance classroom. Later she taught early childhood and resource students. Susan also worked at Walmart for 17 years as a sales associate in fabrics, toys and lawn/garden. She retired due to illness in 2018. She is survived by her husband, Merlin; her daughter, Megan Rattling Leaf of Pierre; her son, Dylan Bennett of Aberdeen; three granddaughters; two step-grandchildren; three sisters and three brothers.

Facebook posts this week announced the death of Jeff “Mabes” McDorman. He graduated from Riggs High School with the Class of 1974.

J.J. Iverson, who now lives in Watertown and works out of there, had a personal thrill of a lifetime recently when he was able to meet his favorite athlete, the legendary Bo Jackson, when Jackson made an appearance at Ridgedale Mall in the Minneapolis area. Jackson is the only athlete to ever be named to both the NFL Pro Bowl and the major league baseball All-Star Game. J.J. got Jackson’s autograph and his photo taken with him.


The six quarterbacks picked in the 2000 NFL draft ahead of Tom Brady were Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger and Spergon Wynn.


The Green Machine is back!

Exactly one-half of my life ago I was in my first year at the Capital Journal after leaving teaching the previous May. I wasn’t the sports editor (Mick Goodrich was), but—and this will surprise you immensely!—sports subjects crept into my column occasionally.

That late winter of 1978-79 saw the Governors with a great basketball team, the first one I had been able to follow on a regular basis. They were not world beaters for sure, losing to Huron, for example, both at home and away during the regular season. But come tournament time, they rolled, taking out Todd County and Winner in the sectional (there were still 32 “A” teams in those days divided into four sectionals). At the state tourney they rolled Canton and got even with Huron in the semifinals to reach the championship game for the first time in 35 years since Paul Marschalk’s 1944 state champs had done it.

Roger Pries’ final Governors team as head coach then took out Rapid City Central in the title game, and the championship trophy came home to Pierre. That was 40 years ago in March on a gloriously green St. Patrick’s Day Saturday night. We’ll relive some of that excitement here in The Midweek Update in March, but it is important to bring this to your attention now because those boys of winter will all be in Pierre this weekend for a 40-year reunion. We hear that every one of them is planning to attend, and if you go to the Govs’ game against Yankton on Saturday night, you will have your chance to see what those 18-year-olds of 1979 look like as 58-year-olds in 2019 when they are introduced to the crowd.

I had the privilege of writing about that team quite a bit during that winter, and some time after the season ended I had the honor of emceeing their postseason banquet. So, welcome home to Joe Ashley, Tom Burchill, Bob Stalley, Tim Flannery, Bob Tinker, Todd Schuetzle, Kevin Merrill, Dan Rounds, Scott Gullickson, Dave Victor, Mark Cichos, Dave Lingle, managers Brent Kleinsasser and Kevin Samis, and coaches Roger Pries, Vern Miller and Bob Judson.

Here is the poem I wrote as a tribute to that special team at season’s end:

The Ballad of the Green Machine

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of a marvelous event for the city of Pierre.
It’s almost game time, the pep band is playing,
And what’s that yell the fans are all saying?
“We’re from Pierre High, and we couldn’t be prouder”
The cheerleaders scream, ever louder and louder.
Nancy and Jackie and Debbie and Anne
And Judy are urging every woman and man
To join in the noise. “Get in there and fight!”
We’re all for Pierre, and we wear green and white.

That’s the way it was, March 17th night,
At the Sioux Falls Arena. What a green-and-white sight
As moms and dads and brothers and sisters
Clapped their hands until they formed blisters!
The Governors were taking the floor in a search
For the right to sit on that Number One perch.
Nervous and twitching, up and down the line,
But when the game started, all was fine.

Pierre got the lead, and it soon could be seen
That no one would stop the Big Green Machine.
They worked hard all year. They deserved the whole pot.
When the going got tough, the tougher they got.
And now as the time on the clock ran out,
The Pierre fans all over began to shout
The time-honored cry, “We’re Number One!”
There were laughter and tears. Wasn’t that fun
To see the boys take down the nets and run
To their locker room haven to sit down and rest?
They’d played their big game and had passed their big test.

Who were these fellows, the Governor team
That’s held in such high regard and esteem?
There on the bench, who are those three,
Stewing and fretting and plotting with glee?
They’re Pries and Judson and Miller by name.
They’ve brought to the school and the city much fame
For coaching these champions, the best in the state.
When it comes to “coaches of the year,” they’re great!

To begin with, there are guys who don’t get much space
In the papers during the hectic, frantic pace
Of the season. But they were a most crucial part
Of the Governor team, right from the start.
Kevin and Dan and Scott and Mark
And Dave and Dave—they gave a spark
To the other boys to do their best.
They’re champions, too. It says “Pierre” on their chest.

Schuetzle or Shoot-zle or Schultzy, they say;
Let’s call him Todd; that’s the easier way.
Up off the bench to do what he’s told—
Make a few points and stop the other team cold.

Tom’s just a junior. They call him “Burch.”
He worked harder than a preacher in church
For the championship medal, but, say, just wait. He
Will be back for another one in 1980!

Our homecoming king, a super nice guy,
Tim Flannery’s his handle, perhaps a bit shy
Until he’s out playing on the basketball court.
Then watch out, brother! But he’s still a good sport.

Watch Bob Stalley bring the ball up the floor.
He shoots, and he scores! The cheerleaders roar
As Bob hit another one from 25 feet.
When it comes to floor leaders, he can’t be beat.

Tall and lanky, tenacious and tough.
That’s Bob Tinker; he’s made of stern stuff
As he crashes the boards at both ends of the floor.
Tinker’s a champion. Who can say more!

Then there’s “Little Joe.” He did a great job,
Even though television always called him “Bob.”
The opponents turned pale; the fans yelled with joy
When they caught sight of Joe, a mighty tall boy.

First to the gym and last off the bus
Were Kevin and “Sauce.” Now men, don’t cuss.
Just count up the stats, put the balls in the bag,
Pick up the suits. Man, what a drag
Their job could be if it weren’t so much fun
To be part of the gang that is Number One!

That’s the Governor team. Can they play ball!
But they’re just plain kids, and right down the hall
There’s a whole bunch more, your kids and mine,
And when they’re out of school, they’ll do just fine.

Well, enough is enough, and life must go on,
But we’ll recall this year of excitement and fun
For as long as we live, so let’s give a cheer:
“1979 was the Governors’ year!”
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again
“We love the Govs!” Amen and amen!

(Dedicated to the ’79 Governors with thanks and appreciation
for a thrilling, memorable winter.)


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